The Wacky Rig barnstormed bass fishing in the early 2000’s, offering an unusual but hugely effective method for rigging soft plastic worms. Finesse anglers in Japan reconfigured the presentation years later, creating an even deadlier approach to duping inactive and pressured fish: Neko Rigs. Since, the fishing universe has been flooded with custom Neko baits, weights, and hooks. And now, Daiwa offers an even further developed Neko bait. Welcome the new Yamamoto NEKO CRAWLER.
The 5” NEKO CRAWLER hybridizes Daiwa’s NEKO FAT and NEKO STRAIGHT, stealing key elements of each to create the alpha of Neko baits. Its outwardly simple profile is infused with technology and intelligence. For starters, the NEKO CRAWLER is masterminded with legendary Yamamoto knowhow for more wiggle – that special trembling action that drives bass bonkers. Also, the NEKO CRAWLER features a wide diameter nose, providing added surface for inserting Neko weights – from drywall screws to specialty weights. Thirdly, Yamamoto’s inventiveness produces a less buoyant super-soft plastic, allowing the bait to fall and struggle down the water column like a real worm or wounded prey, triggering a bass’s instinct to attack and slurp it up.
The 5” NEKO CRAWLER is the ultimate solution for triggering fish in tough conditions, like exceptionally clear water. Its subtleness stimulates fish that tend to over-analyze offerings. Same goes for cold water, when bass approach slowly, having time to closely examine a presentation. And, in general, the 5” NEKO CRAWLER serves to induce strikes from lethargic fish that ignore about everything else.
This subtleness is also evident in Daiwa’s palette of 10 field tested, natural colors. Because sometimes, it’s that seemingly microscopic color modification that changes a fish’s mind.
Available now, and MADE IN THE USA, the 5” NEKO CRAWLER comes 8 baits to a pack with an MSRP of $8.99.